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Tau (297‐391) forms filaments that structurally mimic the core of paired helical filaments in Alzheimer’s disease brain

Al‐Hilaly, Youssra K., Foster, Bronwen E., Biasetti, Luca, Lutter, Liisa, Pollack, Saskia J., Rickard, Janet E., Storey, John M. D., Harrington, Charles R., Xue, Wei-Feng, Wischik, Claude M., and others. (2019) Tau (297‐391) forms filaments that structurally mimic the core of paired helical filaments in Alzheimer’s disease brain. FEBS Letters, 594 (5). pp. 944-950. ISSN 0014-5793. (doi:10.1002/1873-3468.13675) (KAR id:79261)

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The constituent paired helical filaments (PHFs) in neurofibrillary tangles are insoluble intracellular deposits central to the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other tauopathies. Full‐length tau requires the addition of anionic cofactors such as heparin to enhance assembly. We have shown that a fragment from the proteolytically stable core of the PHF, tau 297‐391 known as ‘dGAE’, spontaneously forms cross‐β‐containing PHFs and straight filaments under physiological conditions. Here, we have analysed and compared the structures of the filaments formed by dGAE in vitro with those deposited in the brains of individuals diagnosed with AD. We show that dGAE forms PHFs that share a macromolecular structure similar to those found in brain tissue. Thus, dGAEs may serve as a model system for studying core domain assembly and for screening for inhibitors of tau aggregation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/1873-3468.13675
Uncontrolled keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, neurofibrillary tangles, paired helical filaments, tau
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Wei-Feng Xue
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 12:07 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 12:23 UTC
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